Mucho Macho Man Breezes for Sunshine Millions Classic

Mucho Macho Man - Risen Star
In preparation for a scheduled start in the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28, Mucho Macho Man breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:03.35 under exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. Friday morning at Gulfstream Park.

The 4-year-old son of Macho Uno is coming off a dazzling allowance victory at Aqueduct on Nov. 9 in his return from a five-month layoff following a demanding Triple Crown campaign. Pleased with the sensational manner in which her strapping colt bounced back from running in all three spring classics, trainer Kathy Ritvo has patiently prepared him for his 2012 debut.

“It just allows a big horse like this to get back into himself and prepare for his next race. It’s tough; he’s a big, huge horse,” Ritvo said. “He’s got a big shoulder and a lot more muscle. He looks good.”

Mucho Macho Man, who didn’t actually turn 3 until just after the 3-year-old classics were completed in June, captured the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds last spring before finishing third in the Kentucky Derby. One of only three colts to run in all three Classics, joining Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness victor Shackleford, Mucho Macho Man has impressed his trainer with his resiliency and subsequent development.

“He’s feeling good. He’s doing everything right,” Ritvo said. “Hopefully, if we do the right thing, he’ll have a great year.”

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, which owns Mucho Macho Man in partnership with Dream Team One Racing, recently purchased
Silver Menace, a 3-year-old who showed promised during a troubled sixth-place finish in last Sunday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby.

The son of Silver Wagon raced as a ridgling in the first Derby of 2012, but he’ll return to action as a gelding.

“I think he was racing a little wide if you watched the head-on. We wanted to do whatever we can do to free him,” Ritvo said. “I really like the horse. I think he’s going to be a nice horse.

Silver Menace broke slowly and was subsequently steadied on the first turn in the Gulfstream Derby.

“He didn’t break well. I think he wanted to be closer than he was. I think the horse was frustrated. But he ran Ok and got tired. We only had him a week, it was good to tell us where he was,” Ritvo said.


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We will be there to see you run Jan. 28th. Looking forward to seeing you run again. Good Luck.
There's something about this colt that just makes it impossible for me not to cheer for him. I really hope he has a great 2012 and I'll be rooting for him every step of the way

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